Up to 5 years ago, all of my photographic art pieces were created in my black and white chemistry darkroom. I liked to hand-color my black and white photographs and experiment with double exposures, toners, different papers, etc. When I discovered what I could accomplish using Photoshop, I converted everything over to digital. Images which proved difficult to produce using chemicals, could more easily be done through the computer. And I don't waste as much paper and time doing so!
I now scan all of my negatives and slides- both black and white and color. Then, using Photoshop's many tools, I explore shapes and colors in the image, moving pieces around, adding or changing colors, deleting and adding parts of the same image or borrowing from other images until it is aesthetically pleasing to me.
Each photo starts as a visual thought, and after much experimentation, the computer allows me to transform my photographs into images as fluid and beautiful as paintings.
Digital photography not only offers me the challenge of learning how to use the tools, but also the challenge of understanding its artistic potential; I am able consequently to share the magic of the final picture with my audience.